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ISBN13: 9780452298828
ISBN10: 0452298822
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What's it like when the man you married is already married to God? asks Pastors' Wives, an often surprising yet always emotionally true first novel set in a world most of us know only from the outside.

Lisa Takeuchi Cullen's debut novel Pastors Wives follows three women whose lives converge and intertwine at a Southern evangelical megachurch. Ruthie follows her Wall Street husband from New York to Magnolia, a fictional suburb of Atlanta, when he hears a calling to serve at a megachurch called Greenleaf. Reeling from the death of her mother, Ruthie suffers a crisis of faith — in God, in her marriage, and in herself. Candace is Greenleaf's “First Lady,” a force of nature who'll stop at nothing to protect her church and her superstar husband. Ginger, married to Candace's son, struggles to play dutiful wife and mother while burying her calamitous past. All their roads collide in one chaotic event that exposes their true selves. Inspired by Cullen's reporting as a staff writer for Time magazine, Pastors' Wives is a dramatic portrayal of the private lives of pastors wives, caught between the demands of faith, marriage, duty, and love.

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“Riveting, perceptive, and funny. Once you pick up this novel, you won't be able to put it down.” Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

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“Hilarious and moving. The characters are so real, I want to friend them on Facebook.” A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically

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“With a reporter's eye for detail and a writers heart for the everyday truths we all face...a terrific first novel, fast-paced and fresh, full of sly wit and compassion.” Laura Zigman, author of Animal Husbandry and Piece of Work

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"Lisa Takeuchi Cullen's debut novel, Pastors' Wives, offers readers a stirring and humorous look beyond the secrets shrouding the mega-business that is church in America. Pastors' Wives is a tender reminder that our ability to trust God is compromised when we can't trust one another." Karen Spears Zacharias, author of Will Jesus Buy Me a Doublewide? 'Cause I Need More Room for my Plasma TV

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“Lisa Takeuchi Cullen's funny and poignant debut novel is a marvelous read. With a humane and artful touch, she has taken a world that could be so easily caricatured and created rich, indelible, and wholly believable characters. Pastors' Wives is a sharp, charming tale that will surprise you — I'm still shaking my head at the alchemy Cullen effortlessly pulls off by the end of the book.” Amy Sullivan, National Journal correspondent and author of The Party Faithful: How and Why Democrats are Closing the God Gap

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“In a word...compelling. This is not a sugar-coated or sinless tale of women, filling the unsung role of pastor's wife in the twenty-first century. Instead, Pastors' Wives delves into the high-profile, high-pressure world of evangelical, megachurch Christianity. Told from the point of view of a skeptical outsider, this raw look into the first ladies of modern megachurches offers drama, intrigue, and hypocrisy. Cullen is a gifted writer with a worthy story.” Jenny Dean Schmidt, The Channelmom Show

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“Lisa Takeuchi Cullen is such a beautiful writer — lyrical, thoughtful, honest, direct — that she somehow tricked me into reading a book about romance and religion. I resent her deeply for this.” Joel Stein, Time magazine columnist and author of Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity

Synopsis:

Whats it like when the man you married is already married to God? asks Pastors Wives, an often surprising yet always emotionally true first novel set in a world most of us know only from the outside.

Lisa Takeuchi Cullens debut novel Pastors Wives follows three women whose lives converge and intertwine at a Southern evangelical megachurch. Ruthie follows her Wall Street husband from New York to Magnolia, a fictional suburb of Atlanta, when he hears a calling to serve at a megachurch called Greenleaf. Reeling from the death of her mother, Ruthie suffers a crisis of faith—in God, in her marriage, and in herself. Candace is Greenleafs “First Lady,” a force of nature wholl stop at nothing to protect her church and her superstar husband. Ginger, married to Candaces son, struggles to play dutiful wife and mother while burying her calamitous past. All their roads collide in one chaotic event that exposes their true selves. Inspired by Cullens reporting as a staff writer for Time magazine, Pastors Wives is a dramatic portrayal of the private lives of pastors wives, caught between the demands of faith, marriage, duty, and love.

About the Author

Lisa Takeuchi Cullen was a longtime staff writer for Time magazine. She now develops television pilots for production companies. Born in Japan, Cullen lives in New Jersey with family. This is her first novel.

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lynne777, May 13, 2013 (view all comments by lynne777)
PASTORS’ WIVES by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen is an exceptional first novel that delves deeply into the private lives of three complex, fictional pastors’ wives who are involved with a mega-church, Greenleaf, in Magnolia, a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.

PASTORS’ WIVES is realistic in so many ways, it is easy to relate to not just the wonderful characters in it, but also the great dynamics of this story. There is plenty of conflict, happy moments, humor, and emotion to keep one turning pages. If one wants to experience a behind-the-scenes look into the workings of a mega-church such as Greenleaf, then PASTORS’ WIVES is a good place to start.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780452298828
Author:
Cullen, Lisa Takeuchi
Publisher:
Plume Books
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literature-Contemporary Women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.03 x 5.36 x 0.83 in 0.58 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 368 pages Plume - English 9780452298828 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Riveting, perceptive, and funny. Once you pick up this novel, you won't be able to put it down.”
"Review" by , “Hilarious and moving. The characters are so real, I want to friend them on Facebook.”
"Review" by , “With a reporter's eye for detail and a writers heart for the everyday truths we all face...a terrific first novel, fast-paced and fresh, full of sly wit and compassion.”
"Review" by , "Lisa Takeuchi Cullen's debut novel, Pastors' Wives, offers readers a stirring and humorous look beyond the secrets shrouding the mega-business that is church in America. Pastors' Wives is a tender reminder that our ability to trust God is compromised when we can't trust one another." Karen Spears Zacharias, author of Will Jesus Buy Me a Doublewide? 'Cause I Need More Room for my Plasma TV
"Review" by , “Lisa Takeuchi Cullen's funny and poignant debut novel is a marvelous read. With a humane and artful touch, she has taken a world that could be so easily caricatured and created rich, indelible, and wholly believable characters. Pastors' Wives is a sharp, charming tale that will surprise you — I'm still shaking my head at the alchemy Cullen effortlessly pulls off by the end of the book.” Amy Sullivan, National Journal correspondent and author of The Party Faithful: How and Why Democrats are Closing the God Gap
"Review" by , “In a word...compelling. This is not a sugar-coated or sinless tale of women, filling the unsung role of pastor's wife in the twenty-first century. Instead, Pastors' Wives delves into the high-profile, high-pressure world of evangelical, megachurch Christianity. Told from the point of view of a skeptical outsider, this raw look into the first ladies of modern megachurches offers drama, intrigue, and hypocrisy. Cullen is a gifted writer with a worthy story.”
"Review" by , “Lisa Takeuchi Cullen is such a beautiful writer — lyrical, thoughtful, honest, direct — that she somehow tricked me into reading a book about romance and religion. I resent her deeply for this.”
"Synopsis" by ,
Whats it like when the man you married is already married to God? asks Pastors Wives, an often surprising yet always emotionally true first novel set in a world most of us know only from the outside.

Lisa Takeuchi Cullens debut novel Pastors Wives follows three women whose lives converge and intertwine at a Southern evangelical megachurch. Ruthie follows her Wall Street husband from New York to Magnolia, a fictional suburb of Atlanta, when he hears a calling to serve at a megachurch called Greenleaf. Reeling from the death of her mother, Ruthie suffers a crisis of faith—in God, in her marriage, and in herself. Candace is Greenleafs “First Lady,” a force of nature wholl stop at nothing to protect her church and her superstar husband. Ginger, married to Candaces son, struggles to play dutiful wife and mother while burying her calamitous past. All their roads collide in one chaotic event that exposes their true selves. Inspired by Cullens reporting as a staff writer for Time magazine, Pastors Wives is a dramatic portrayal of the private lives of pastors wives, caught between the demands of faith, marriage, duty, and love.

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